I feel I must start by managing your expectations a little. I know I said in last month’s Me and Mine post that we were feeling adventurous and we’d actually gone out and about to take a photo of the five of us that didn’t feature our garden fence because I didn’t want my entire series of photos to turn into Me, Mine and the Fence….
Well, this month we’re back with the garden fence. And a very nice garden fence it is too.
This month I left taking the photos almost to the last minute. I’d plan for each weekend and the days would dawn grey, cloudy and damp and only degenerate further as the all pervading damp turned into fat round raindrops that trickled tauntingly down the garden doors and plopped into the puddle that was once our patio, or the grey cloud would simply build, enveloping the sun in a thick blanket of darkness that my camera can’t even try to compete with.
And then one day I started to see blue sky peeking through; and the blue grew and grew until there was something vaguely approximating actual natural daylight outside. Lunch was paused, children rounded up, the camera set up on the tripod and H extracted from the studio that was doing double duty as a home office.
So if in all of these pictures it looks like my family are desperately straining towards something just a little off camera; well that would be the garlic bread sitting on the dinner table. I promise they weren’t too deprived and it was all still lovely and warm by the time we got back in.
And perhaps it’s appropriate that this month’s photo is at home. It’s always seemed to me to be a season of consolidation; a little gap between the flurries of autumn and then first the lights and sparkle and twinkle of December and all its celebrations, and then the bleak midwinter proper when January and February roll in and we start to long for Spring.
It’s a chance to just be, to be at home in the familiar rhythms of everyday life, to be so very uneventful and blissfully ordinary.
This month we’ve loved: our trips to the park; watching Kitty in her final ballet class of the term; running up and down the side of the hockey pitch on bright sunny days and cowering under the corrugated plastic roof of the shelter when the rain comes battering down; kitchen dance parties while supper cooks; building Duplo and block castles; watching the girls laugh together without having any clue what they’re laughing about; and the simple little spur of the moment things, the time Kitty asked what colour you would get mixing pink and green and H took her off to the studio to mix them up and find out (a sort of steely grey if you’re curious) or the impromptu decision to have a fish and chip supper just because.
I’m really looking forward to Christmas this year; Kitty for one is incredibly excited. If last Christmas was the first year that she got the concept of the celebration, this is the year that she’s mastering anticipation. She tells me all sorts of things about Father Christmas including all the important points about how he’s going to get into our house given that we don’t have a chimney (he’s going to use the door), and what we need to leave out for him (she’s very particular about porridge for the reindeer), and at the same time is fascinated by the stories of the first Christmas, especially Mary and the angel. And her excitement is becoming catching; the Christmas music is loaded on iTunes, we’ve been making gingerbread spice tree biscuits using my very best copper cookie cutters and I’ve even broken out the Christmas pinny.
I know this next month is going to be brilliant but at the same time it’s been nice to look back at November a little and to reflect on a month that was special in its own right, and not just a filler until Christmas. I know I always say how thankful I am to have these pictures, and how pleased I am that I started but every month I seem to find another reason why they are special.
Special photos of my very special people.
My little family in November:
And as for the outtakes – well I think H is still waiting for his call back as a Burton Menswear model!